What Is AMA?
In 1954 the Assumption Sisters founded the Associate Missionaries of the Assumption (AMA), now Assumption Mission Associates, as a way of answering the many appeals of the world. Young women and men committed themselves to work and live with Assumption communities in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe, sharing their vision of the Christian transformation of society and working to make it happen. Today, the work continues. While at their volunteer sites, AMA's find new insight into God's gifts through service to others. It is through their service that they come to understand more fully the rule of life of The Religious of the Assumption: "Love never remains idle: it makes us creative and impels us to heed all the appeals of the world and to find new ways of answering them." The mission of AMA today, as it began over 50 years ago, remains the same and continues to enrich the lives of volunteers, religious, and those served.
Who Are The AMA's?
AMA's are young people from all over the country who find the beliefs of Saint Marie Eugenie appealing. She believed that "this Earth is a place of glory for God" and that each of us has a responsibility to reflect that glory. AMA's come from Florida and Rhode Island; from San Diego and Philadelphia; from St. Louis and Sweet Home, Oregon. They are graduates of Gonzaga University and Stanford; Assumption College and Tulane University. Some have spent some years in the work force; some are new graduates. What unites them is a common zeal for service, for building the Kingdom of God here on Earth. They choose to make a commitment to spend a year or two in service to others, living in communities marked by sharing, direct service to the neediest in society, and prayer. And growing a bit themselves along the way.
AMA Mission Statement
Assumption Mission Associates (AMA) is a ministry of young adults in collaboration with the Religious of the Assumption in their mission to effect change in society through prayer, education and community building. With the Assumption spirit, the AMA volunteers bear witness to Jesus’ love and the Church’s love for the people. The relationships that they cultivate transform them as well as the people they serve. They exercise their commitment to service in solidarity and communion, in faith and in trust.
What's It Like To Be An AMA?
AMA volunteers see and experience life through the eyes of others: those to whom they minister and those with whom they live. Living in community with other volunteers, AMA’s find the support of peers and shared experiences. In addition, AMA's will receive guidance from the Religious of the Assumption, women who have vowed to live a life dedicated to service to God, education, and community living. Whether you want to serve as an ESL teacher in Chaparral, NM , in an after school program for inner city children at a large parish in Worcester, MA, or in one of the many community development projects in the Philippines, whether you are a recent college graduate or a young professional dissatisfied with the workplace and looking for more meaning in your life, your primary role as an AMA will be to empower the poor, the young and the marginalized.
Living with and serving the poor, AMA's discover who they really are and how their faith is deeply a part of them. They also realize that "You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no results." (Gandhi) They take a chance, put their beliefs into action and find that their lives are made fuller beyond words along the AMA journey.